1840 2d blue

The 1840 2d blue was the world’s second official postage stamp, issued two days after the 1d black. It was first sold to the public on 8th May even though it was originally intended that this stamp would be issued simultaneously with the 1d black. The 1840 issue was printed from two plates, Plate 1 and 2, of which we have some nice examples in our February auction like this Plate 1 unused stamp (lot number 453): […]